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jerryJerry Fraser is NF's publisher and former editor.

 

 

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Can you imagine a fisherman being president of the United States?

It's not so farfetched a dream, now is it? Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is Sen. John McCain's choice as running mate on the Reublican presidential ticket. And should the 72-year-old McCain be elected president, Palin would assume the reins should anything happen to the commander in chief.

If that happened, that would make a fisherman the leader of the free world. Palin fishes commercially for salmon in Bristol Bay, as does her husband, Todd, a lifelong commercial fisherman, who would become first gentleman.

What would life be like if a fisherman was president? Would the Magnuson-Stevens Act become fairer to fishermen if White House support and clout were available?

Would we see reversals of trade policies that allow vast quantities of seafood to be imported that squash dock prices? Would we see increased emphasis on and funding for more accurate stock assessments?

Would West Coast water policies be reversed to bolster the health of weakened salmon stocks? Would fisheries rationalization plans move to the back burner in favor of programs that would enable big- and small-boat fishermen to prosper?

Would the U.S. delegation to ICCAT have greater support and the muscle to ensure American swordfish and tuna fishermen get a fairer shake? Would we put more pressure on foreign nations to fish sustainably?

In short, would life get better for U.S. fishermen?

Maybe. It might be too much to ask the president to focus so much on fisheries-related matters. After all, there are pesky issues like the economy, energy prices, education, foreign affairs and health care that would likely fly higher on the radar screen.

Then again, maybe U.S. fishermen would receive more attention and help than they've gotten from presidents who lack a commercial fishing background.

Inside the Industry

NOAA recently published a proposed rule that would implement a traceability plan to help combat IUU fishing. The program would seek to trace the origins of imported seafood by setting up reporting and filing procedures for products entering the U.S.

The traceability program would collect data on harvest, landing, and chain of custody of fish and fish products that have been identified as particularly vulnerable to IUU fishing and fraud.

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The following was released by the Maine Department of Marine Resources on Jan. 22:

The Maine Department of Marine Resources announced an emergency regulation that will support the continued rebuilding effort in Maine’s scallop fishery. The rule, effective January 23, 2016, will close the Muscle Ridge Area near South Thomaston and the Western Penobscot Bay Area.

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